Roy Ananda

Roy Ananda

2001 Graduate

Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours

After completing high school, Roy studied full-time at Adelaide Central School of Art, graduating in 2001. He went on to complete a Masters by Research at the University of South Australia. Roy is now a professional practising artist and the school’s Head of Drawing.

“While Adelaide Central School of Art seemed to mesh with my adolescent romantic notions of what an art school should be, it also defied my expectations (in the best possible way) and extended my thinking in ways I could never have predicted. Blending intellectual rigour and a collegiate atmosphere, the school challenges and supports its students in finding their own authentic language of art-making.

The passion and enthusiasm of the teaching staff was palpable and infectious. The sense of community was incredibly strong and led to the forging of life-long friendships and professional relationships. The education I received at Adelaide Central School of Art facilitated a smooth transition into professional practice.”

Roy’s key achievements include: participation in Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and in Australian Drawing Biennale at Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra, both in 2004; receiving the 2010 Qantas Foundation Art Award, which facilitated research trips to the US, UK and Germany; and the major solo presentation, Slow crawl into infinity, at the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in 2014.

In 2015 he was named the recipient of the MF & MH Joyner Scholarship in Fine Arts, facilitating post-graduate study (Masters by Research at UniSA), and contributed work to CACSA Contemporary2015, a survey of South Australian contemporary art. The work from this exhibition was subsequently purchased by ArtBank. In 2016, Roy received a $40,000 grant from the Australia Council for the Arts for a major new project in 2018. Roy is the 2021 SALA Monograph artist.

Roy was included in 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art – Divided Worlds, at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Image Credit: Roy Ananda in front of his work for Supreme Library, 2021. Photo Sam Roberts

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